Complementary Soil and Groundwater Characterization Study at the Open Burning/Open Detonation Site CFAD Dundurn (Saskatchewan)


  1. Martel, R.
  2. Hébert, A.
  3. Lefebvre, R.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN);INRS-Georessources, Sainte-Foy QUE (CAN) Centre Geoscientifique de Quebec
The Defence Research Establishment at Valcartier (DREV) mandated INRS-Géoressources to supervise a complementary characterization study of the open burning/open detonation (OB/OD) site at the Canadian Force Ammunition Depot (CFAD), Dundurn, Saskatchewan. This base is located 30 km south of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and the OB/OD site is situated on the Dundurn base, 3.5 km to the north-west of the Dundurn camp. Energetic materials have been burned at that site for more than 25 years and a preliminary characterization study was performed in September 1995 to determine the potential impact of this activity on soil and groundwater (Martel et al. 1996). In 1995, sixteen (16) wells were installed at 8 different locations. Seventy-two (72) soil samples and 31 groundwater samples were also taken to investigate the site. The objectives of this complementary hydrogeological study are to: 1) better define groundwater flow and the extent of TNT and RDX concentrations in groundwater down gradient of the burning area by the installation of new monitoring wells; 2) better understand RDX and TNT transport and transformation in the unsaturated zone by the installation of suction lysimeters at two sites; 3) verify groundwater quality in the burning area, especially verify if TNT and RDX persist in groundwater.
Energetic materials;OB/OD;Open Burning/Open Detonation Activity;Site restoration
Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-CR-2002-113;INRS-1998-05 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Oct 1998
Number of Pages
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